Philip moved from southern Ontario taking up permanent residence in the Village of Rossport in October 2018. As part of his desire to get involved in the community and to give back, he joined the Board of Directors for The Friends of Battle Island Lighthouse (“FOBIL”) and also assumed the role of Treasurer for this organization. He also assisted with the Terrace Bay initiative to attract a new financial institution to the community. During his tenure with FOBIL, Philip developed a substantial appreciation for the opportunities and challenges associated with the operation of a lighthouse located along the North Shore of Lake Superior and implemented a new governance model, financial management tools and volunteer management tools. He also led the start of a FOBIL initiative to develop a marketing and tourism strategy that would engage local merchants, service providers and Parks Canada. This experience and the insights gained provides Philip with a unique appreciation and capacity that can provide practical and effective support for CLLS.
Philip sees the CLLS as an “umbrella organization” that has done much to help preserve and promote the history of the lighthouses that have operated on the North Shore of Lake Superior and in the Thunder Bay area. Through the work done by the CLLS, there is a growing awareness of the lighthouses and increasing opportunities for the public and tourists visiting the area to learn more about the history of the lighthouses and to enjoy the incredible beauty that surrounds these facilities.
Philip is keen to share his experience and skills to assist the Board and management of CLLS in the execution of their duties.
Philip Townsend, B. Comm (Hons), CPA, CMA
Philip retired from PwC as a Partner in June 2011 after a career spanning over 30 years in both the private and public sectors with the last 15 years being with the global professional services firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”). Philip held senior management positions in the private and public sectors and then joined the world’s largest professional services firm, PwC, where he was based in the Toronto Head Office. Prior to his retirement, Philip was the Leader of PwC Canada’s Strategic Planning and Performance Management Practice and the Global Leader for the Middle Market Services Group. In his capacity as a PwC Partner, Philip led teams of consultants that provided strategic planning, performance management, process improvement and technology planning for a wide variety of Canadian and global clients operating in both the private and public sectors across a wide cross-section of industries and public sector verticals. His clients included small and middle market companies, large publicly traded corporations, municipalities and crown corporations as well as numerous not-for-profit organizations. He was also the lead partner on the development and launch of a new global service offering called Maestro - Performance Insights Workshop which supported the delivery of strategic plans to clients. Philip received his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree from the University of Manitoba and he is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant. He is also a Certified Internal Auditor.
During his tenure as a Partner at PwC, he led practice areas dealing with IT effectiveness, finance function effectiveness, strategic planning and performance management. Philip’s last role before retiring was the Global Middle Market Services leader where he had the responsibility for the design of services offered to middle markets clients by the Global Firm. He was also the sponsor of a global research study focused on performance management best practices for both the private and public sectors.
Philip is the Chair of the Finance & Fundraising Committee.